It’s a fact of life: if you live in the Blue Ridge Mountains you’re inspired with an overwhelming urge to celebrate life. Thus the mind-boggling array of festivals in praise of music, poetry, art, crafts and even a few roots, herbs and flowers. And, typical of the mountains, every gathering is accompanied by lively music and mouthwatering local foods. Need a lift? Take two North Carolina mountain festivals and call us in the morning.
Discover LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival), one of the top small festivals, held in May and October at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC. LEAF presents Celtic, World Beat, Blues, folk, Bluegrass, gospel, jazz, flamenco, latin and more performers and dances. The weekend celebration also highlights Folk Arts, Poetry, juried Handcrafts show, Healing Arts workshops such as yoga, kids' activities, and outdoor recreation of kayaking, canoeing, swimming, hiking and camping. The Washington Post calls LEAF "The best multicultural mix and match festival - [where] mountain music meets world music, Blues, Zydeco and more."